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Seattle City Hall
Flickr Photo/Daniel X. O'Neil (CC-BY-NC-ND)/http://bit.ly/1OGMTuh

By day, the lobby at Seattle City Hall bustles with lawmakers, city employees, and members of the public keen to be heard at council meetings.

Now, by night, it will become home to rows of mats, set out for homeless men and women who need a place to sleep.

Courtesy Photo/Kelly O.

Last February, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out a photo of a coffee mug with a farting unicorn on it. He declared it his "favorite mug ever."

That was good for the ceramic artist who designed the mug, Denver-based Tom Edwards. The artist says he sold about 50 farting unicorn mugs because of that tweet.

Immigrant families seeking asylum walk to a respite center after they were processed and released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Friday, June 29, 2018, in McAllen, Texas.
AP Photo/Eric Gay

A mom and her 7-year-old son traveled to the U.S. from Guatemala. She is currently at the federal detention in SeaTac. This is her story, as told to Liz Jones. Translated from Spanish.

Paper straws at Duke's Seafood & Chowder in Seattle
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

There’s a rising tide of concern over the plastic junk flowing into the world’s oceans. So starting July 1, restaurants and bars in Seattle won’t be allowed to give out plastic straws. 

City officials say Seattle is the first major city to ban plastic straws. Other cities, including New York and San Francisco, are considering similar bans.

PillPack press photo

Amazon has officially charged into the health sector. 

This week, the e-commerce giant purchased an online pharmacy called PillPack and sent shockwaves rippling through the stock market. Investors immediately stripped billions in value from brick-and-mortar pharmacy stocks.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver at the 2007 World Summer Games in Shanghai
Courtesy of Special Olympics International

Kim Malcolm talks with author Eileen McNamara about her biography of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, titled "Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World." Shriver founded the Special Olympics, which debuted in 1968. This weekend, the 2018 Special Olympics get underway at Seattle's Husky Stadium.

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal said she was the only person many of the women, asylum seekers currently imprisoned in SeaTac, had seen. A few had also seen attorneys. Unless they ask for an attorney, Jayapal said, they don't get one.
Daniel Berman for KUOW

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Seattle) was arrested on Thursday during an immigration protest held on the floor of a Senate office building in Washington, D.C. 

Roxane Gay speaks at TEDWomen2015 - Momentum, May 27-29, 2015, Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, USA.
Flickr Photo/TED-Marla Aufmuth/TED (CC BY-NC 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/ybtHLA

Recent polling shows that almost half of American women say they’ve been sexually assaulted.

With that startling statistic in mind, KUOW presents this talk with author Roxane Gay, who compiled a collection of personal essays called, “Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture.” It addresses a misogynistic culture in which victims of violence are often discredited, mocked or shamed for their assault.

The author (left) with his sister. They were adopted from South Korea by white parents.
KUOW PHOTO/Brian Freeland

I've always known I was adopted because I have white parents. 

In school, people talked about what traits they got from each of their parents: their eyes from their mom, their hair from their dad, their personality a mix of both. I envied them.


One of these sustainable straws might be in your future.
KUOW Photo/Brie Ripley

Nothing is more satisfying than the sweet sound of a straw - a pointy, plastic straw - piercing the seal on a tall cup of bubble tea. But after this weekend, that sound might be harder to come by. Seattle's ban on single use plastics goes into effect on July 1st.

Why the prohibition? How will it be implemented? And most importantly: what about the tea?? Kevin Kelly, general manager of Recology Cleanscapes in Georgetown, came by to help Bill Radke and producer Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong cope with change.

Seattle firefighters tackle a blaze amid scrapped cars along the Duwamish River on June 26.
Seattle Fire Department

A plume of black smoke stretched across South Seattle on Tuesday night as a fire burned on a barge of scrapped cars on the Duwamish River.


KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

President Trump is loud. Why is former President Obama quiet? Bill Radke put that question and others to Ben Rhodes, former Obama adviser and speechwriter. Rhodes' new book about his time in the previous administration is called "The World As It Is."


A federal employee walks past cribs inside of the barracks of a family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, for those crossing the border. This photo is from 2014, when attorney Danielle Rosché volunteered there.
AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File

Family detention — two words that still haunt Danielle Rosché, an immigration attorney.

Flickr Photo/Howard Ignatius (CC BY 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/nZ4Mz1

Washington state’s population grew by 117,000 people this year from last, to 7.4 million people. That’s like gaining a city the size of Everett.

Devon Adelman at KUOW's Ask a Special Olympics Athlete event on June, 9, 2018.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Here’s the thing to know about Special Olympics athletes: They’re adrenaline junkies. And for some, the Games is the perfect outlet for that.


Pamela and Afshin Raghebi relax together. The couple has been separated since Afshin left the US to seek permanent legal status and has not been permitted to return home.
Courtesy of Pamela Raghebi

Seattle resident Pamela Raghebi is separated from her husband Afshin, who's orginally from Iran. After leaving the country in March to acquire legal status, Afshin has been unable to return to the United States.

The Supreme Court ruling upholding President Trump's travel ban means that Afshin may not be able to return home.


Immigrant rights groups held a rally downtown Tuesday to protest the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the so-called Muslim travel ban.

Eula Scott Bynoe and Jeannie Yandel
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

How much money do you make?

Turn and tell a coworker.

If you just cringed, you're like a lot of Americans when it comes to talking about salary at work. But that attitude is hurting us - especially women. KUOW's new podcast, Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace, wants that to change.


Maru Mora, right, smiles with Murphy Mitchel before her ICE hearing on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, outside of the Immigration Court building on 2nd Avenue in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

A Seattle immigration judge has granted a continuance in the deportation case of immigration rights activist Maru Mora-Villalpando. A large crowd gathered outside of the Immigration Court building on 2nd Avenue Tuesday afternoon to stand in solidarity with Mora-Villalpando.

FILE: Therese Macisaac of Seattle joins a protest against the travel ban outside the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Seattle in 2017.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s latest travel ban that barred people entering the U.S. from five majority Muslim countries as well as North Korea and Venezuela.

In the 5-4 decision, the majority opinion stated that the ban fell "squarely within the scope of Presidential authority.”

Recycling is shown on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Orcas Island Transfer Station on Orcas Island. KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

With China no longer importing many recyclable materials, recycling programs up and down the West Coast are in turmoil.


Ichiro Suzuki, special assistant to the chairman of the Seattle Mariners, donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Seattle dugout to watch a bit of the action at Yankee Stadium.
AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

Ichiro Suzuki, the Carmen Sandiego of the Mariners, was spotted last week in the Seattle dugout serving a Super Mario Bros. inspired lewk. Fooling no one, the disguise raised more questions than it answered.


wage gap BTSW
KUOW Graphic/Teodora Popescu; Source: AAUW

There isn't one wage gap all women experience. There are several. Allow us to demonstrate: 

Imagine this jar of 100 Skittles is how much a white cis male coworker — let's call him Gary — is being paid.

A stroller was used to hold up a sign during the Solidarity Day protest outside of the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac.
Daniel Berman for KUOW

Question: “I’m a new mom to a six-month-old baby, and hearing how desperately these women missed their children, and vice versa, made me feel heartbroken and ashamed of our country,” listener Kari Blankenship wrote.  

She and other KUOW listeners have been asking what they can do to help locally detained parents. 

Sara de la Fuente, of Vancouver, said she showed up to protest the detention of mothers separated from their children at the border because she couldn't stay at home and do nothing.
Daniel Berman for KUOW

Three women separated from their children at the U.S. border and detained in the Seattle area are suing the federal government.

Seattle-based Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) filed the lawsuit in federal court on Monday.

FILE: U.S. Supreme Court
Flickr Photo/Phil Roeder (CC BY 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/T2SxdT

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will not weigh in on an LGBTQ rights case regarding a Washington state florist.

Now the Arlene’s Flowers case, as it's come to be known, will go back to Washington's Supreme Court, which has already ruled that the owner broke the state’s anti-discrimination law.

Scene at the Jungle on Tuesday after an officer-involved shooting was reported on Tuesday early afternoon.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Brothers accused of a pair of fatal shootings in the Jungle homeless encampment as teens in early 2016 will face a trial for those charges beginning Monday morning.

The shooting spurred politicians to clear the area—long considered a magnet for drug use—of roughly 400 homeless people later that year.

American pika in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Flickr Photo/Tony's Takes (CC BY NC ND 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/WYDpFq

Pikas are little rabbit-like mammals that could fit in the palm of your hand. They’re often seen scurrying around rocky alpine slopes with their mouths full of wildflowers.

Pikas like it cold, so, as the climate has warmed, they’ve disappeared from lower elevations where they used to live.

Dusty Jo blows bubbles filled with smoke during Trans Pride Seattle on Friday, June 22, 2018, at Cal Anderson Park.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Pride weekend kicked off with Trans March Seattle on Friday night in Capitol Hill. A large crowd marched from the intersection of Broadway and Thomas Streets to Cal Anderson Park. 

Following the march, people gathered to listen to performances. 

Passengers make their way through security at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Want to cut the long lines at the Seattle-Tacoma airport this summer?  All you have to do is hand over scans of your face, eyes and fingerprints to a private company called CLEAR. 

Oh, and $179.


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